Mai Shanley

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Mai Shanley
Beauty pageant titleholder
Born Mai Therese Shanley
(1963-02-17) February 17, 1963 (age 54)
New Mexico, U.S.
Title(s) Miss New Mexico 1983
Miss New Mexico USA 1984
Miss USA 1984
Miss New Mexico 1984
Miss America 1984
Miss New Mexico USA 1984
Miss USA 1984
Miss Universe 1984
(Top 10)
Spouse Mark Fitzgerald

Mai Therese Shanley (born February 17, 1963), Miss New Mexico USA, Miss USA 1984, is a former beauty queen.


Her mother is ethnically Taiwanese and is from Taiwan, while her father is Irish and was born in Ireland.[1][2] Shanley's first pageant experience came when she represented New Mexico in the Miss America pageant in 1983. She did not place in that pageant.

Later, Shanley became the first Eurasian delegate to win Miss USA. She was 21 at the time she was crowned the 33rd Winner at the pageant held in Lakeland, Florida, on May 17, 1984. She also edged out two former Miss America state titleholders in the top five, Kelly Anderson (Miss West Virginia 1982) and Desiree Denise Daniels (Miss Tennessee 1982), who placed second and third, respectively.[1][2]

Shanley went on to compete at the Miss Universe Pageant in Miami, FL in July 1984, where she was a semi-finalist.[3] she married pilot Mark Fitzgerald and has two daughters.


  1. ^ a b Associated Press (18 May 1984). Mai Shanley, Kentucky New Era
  2. ^ a b (19 May 1984). Miss USA Still Pinching Herself, Lakeland Ledger
  3. ^ (22 May 1984). Miss USA in New York, The Telegraph
Preceded by
Kristin Larsen
Miss New Mexico USA
Succeeded by
Brenda Denton
Preceded by
Cyndi Friesen
Miss New Mexico
Succeeded by
Trina Collins

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